Disney is not just for the kids. If you are a kid at heart or just love food, then you might be thinking about a trip without the kids or before kids. I LOVE taking my kids to Disney, but also love my adult trips. I am all about a packing list and wanted to share my personal park packing list for my bag.
First off, if you don’t feel you need a bag, do not take a bag. Life will be super easy for you, since you can avoid the bag check lines. I am not one of those people and I have to have a bag. If you’re like me, then this is my perfect packing list (downloadable version at bottom):
I am in love with my ENO crossbody. It is light and easy. It only has two zip pockets which makes bag check pretty quick.
There are so many fun drinks to try and especially if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, don’t forget your ID.
- Power Pack
You will definitely need this if you are using the My Disney Experience App, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. For a full day at the park, your phone will definitely need to be charged
- Phone cord
Might be obvious, but I have to write everything down… Without the phone cord, the power pack will be no good, so don’t forget this
- Nalgene bottle/ water bottle
Hydration is a huge issue with any outdoor activity. Carrying your own bottle will save you at least $3 when you really want a bottle of water at the park. You can refill these at any fountain or get a cup of ice and water at a quick service location and transfer it.
Even if it is not cold, grab the chapstick you like (preferable with SPF), chapped or sunburned lips are no fun and you would much rather have your own than have to buy some
- Sunglasses and/or hat and case
I always have my sunglasses. Think about packing the case for them if you are concerned about them getting scratched and planning to be out at night
- First Aid Kit
I usually just carry Bandaids, Neosporin, Advil and Tums. Bandaids and Neosporin in case of blisters, Advil just in case I need it and Tums because (to be honest) I eat very unhealthy at Disney compared to my normal eating habits, so I usually am very happy to have a Tums just in case.
- Wet Ones/Wipes
Not just for kids, I usually always manage to get something on my arm or whatever and am always thankful to have these and not have to find a bathroom.
- Rain Poncho
A MUST for anyone taking a bag. Just go to Target and grab one in the camping section. My personal opinion is that the $2.50 at Target is better than the $1 at the Dollar Tree. I find the Dollar Tree ones rip super easy and then are pointless because you are getting soaked through the rip. They are also more bulky than the Coleman ones at Target (Target is cheaper than Amazon, but Amazon link for ease of home shopping).
- Fan and/or Cool Towel
I usually just take a cool towel because then I don’t have to worry about batteries and they actually cool me off faster
- Ziplock Bags
You can always use a bag(s)… especially to put the wet cool towel in when you are done. But bring extra just in case you want to take some of your lunch to go
Definitely not needed by all, but I usually keep a granola bar in my bag to avoid getting hangry in line for rides. There is food everywhere, but I just like to have something in my bag as an emergency.
- Quarters (and sometimes Pennies)
Many reasons to take quarters (and pennies), one is the wonderful quarter pressing machines all over the parks. These are such a nostalgic thing to be able to partake in for an inexpensive keepsake. Second reason (Warning: Guys skip ahead), Girls: the female hygiene machines only take quarters. Most of the time I have absolutely no cash on me (why would you, your magicband does everything) and sometimes things don’t go as scheduled and you need to use one of these machines. Just pack some quarters in your bag for peace of mind. Trust me.
- Hair Ties
I know this one seems odd, but I always hang it on the outside of my bag. It is great to attach that small shopping bag to or any other random thing I don’t want to carry, yet won’t really fit in my backpack.
- Tide or Shout Pen/Wipes
Somehow, I always spill things on my clothes
If you have any must haves I forgot, please let me know in the comments and I always curious what other people take. For your convience, here is a printable list: Download
Have a great time!! Disney is a great vacation as an adult and I highly recommend it. There are so many great restaurants there. I’m on a mission to try them all 🙂
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